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Darren Bent admits he would love to see Brentford striker Ollie Watkins sign for Leeds United this summer.

The former Aston Villa and England star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has lauded the 24-year-old as a “superb” striker who could offer both Patrick Bamford and new signing Rodrigo Moreno some much-needed competition.

As revealed by Football Insider, the door is ajar for Leeds to sign Watkins as the club still hold interest in the 24-year-old despite the record-breaking signing of Rodrigo on Saturday.

It is understood that Brentford have agreed a deal to sign Ivan Toney from Peterborough in a move which could allow the Bees’ current striker to leave.

Bent admits he wants to see Bamford given the opportunity to prove himself in the Premier League but insists another striker like Watkins would be a fantastic addition to the squad.

Bent told Football Insider: “I’d love to see how Patrick Bamford gets on first, give him the opportunity to see how he gets on but you need strength in depth, 100 per cent, especially in that area.

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“If they can go and get a superstar that’s going to go down there, fair enough, but I would love to see someone like an Ollie Watkins and to be fair, there must be the possibility because hasn’t Ivan Toney agreed terms with Brentford?

“So maybe that is an opening that Ollie Watkins is going somewhere. I’d love to see him at Leeds in the Premier League, he’s a superb centre-forward and I think him, Patrick and Rodrigo would push each other as well.” 

Watkins netted 25 goals in 46 Championship appearances last season and was named the second tier’s player of the year.

In comparison, Bamford struck 16 times in 45 games last term and Rodrigo hit seven in 34 matches across all competitions.

In other Leeds United news, Bent has been dazzled after Newcastle secured a signing ahead of the Whites.